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Academic Experts

In each region, HFC partners with child welfare specialists who provide oversight and evaluation of HFC-funded programs.

Ramona Alaggia

Ramona Alaggia, PhD

University of Toronto/ Academic Expert for HFC Canada

Dr. Alaggia is the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health, University of Toronto. Her work focuses on child abuse and gender based violence.

Marian Bussey

Marian Bussey, PhD

University of Denver/ Academic Expert for HFC Denver

Dr. Bussey is a research consultant and adjunct social work faculty at the University of Denver. Her fields of interest are trauma, substance use and mental health.


Clifton Emery, PhD

University of Hong Kong/Academic Expert for HFC Asia

Dr. Emery is an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include child abuse and child maltreatment.

Bart Grossman

Bart Grossman, PHD

University of California, Berkeley/ Academic Expert for HFC's San Francisco and Los Angeles

Dr. Grossman is Adjunct Professor Emeritus and served for 35 years as Director of Field Education at the School of Social Welfare. Interests: Child Welfare.


Kristine Hickle, PhD

University of Sussex/ Academic Expert for HFC UK

Dr. Hickle is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. Her research interests include child sexual exploitation, trafficking & trauma.

Julia Lance

Julie Lance, PhD

Cobb County School District/ Academic Expert for HFC Atlanta

Dr. Lance is in direct practice as a School Social Worker. Her interests include advocacy with children and families and child abuse prevention.

Dr. Robin Perry

Robin Perry PHD, MSW

Florida A&M University/Academic Expert for HFC Cayman Islands

Dr. Perry is a professor in the FAMU Department of Social Work. His research interests include child abuse prevention and funding models for child welfare systems.

Tina Rzepnicki

Tina Rzepnicki, PHD

University of Chicago/ Academic Expert for HFC Chicago

Dr. Rzepnicki is the David & Mary Winton Green Professor at the University of Chicago's Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.

Ovita Williams

Ovita Williams, PhD

Columbia University/ Academic Expert for HFC New York

Ovita is the Associate Director of Field Education for Family, Youth and Children Services at Columbia University School of Social Work.

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